The Great ‘Blizzard’ of 2016

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

The first flowers of the season always have the risk of damage from the cold. These Daffodils in Falls Park are seeing the results of this ‘Blizzard’ last week. But as snowfall goes, it was amazingly mild, even for this area. Just a dusting of snow on the ground over a period of an hour or so, then the sun came out and it was all gone an hour later! It’s even a fine storm to hike in Falls Park.

Leap of Faith Overlook

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

The new boardwalk in the Cancer Survivors Park has 3 viewing platforms along the way. The most striking view is from the Leap of Faith Overlook near the highest point. The view currently includes just the Reedy River and the forest, but in the future the second half of the park will add much more visual interest, along with removal of the invasive plant species among the trees and the re-introduction of native plants.

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Crossroads

Photo by Mike NIce

Photo by Mike NIce

This sculpture by artist Joey Manson on the Public Art Trail at the Mauldin Cultural Center captures the theme of crossroads – both past and present. The Artist’s statement –

The theme of ‘Crossroads’ led me to research the history of the area and the origins of Mauldin. I discovered a map describing Mauldin’s historical borders drawn as a circle with a 1/2 mile radius centered on the original train depot. I became interested in this circular border and the crossroads formed by 107 [East Butler Road] intersecting with 276 & the railroad. The resulting shape I also found to resemble that of an impeller or a propeller, an object of great importance to the economy of Mauldin over the years. They were first found producing power from the river at nearby mills and then during WWII powering airplanes at [Donaldson Center] Air Force Base. The theme of crossroads thus led me from the roads and railway that first gave rise to Mauldin to the modern industry and development that encircles Mauldin and drives today’s economy. I added the curved, green beams to symbolize these dynamic forces that surround and connect Mauldin today. The grey beam I see as the railroad, still present, running straight through town and still working today.

Mauldin Mural

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

This mural by Mauldin High senior Celine Crum is located on the wall of the Mauldin Cultural Center. It was inspired by Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”, and is her service project for the Emerging Public Leaders Program at Furman University. It was painted in one day with help from student and community volunteers.

See a 3 minute time lapse of the mural’s creation over an eight hour period.

The Runner

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

The sculpture The Runner by Kathleen King along the Swamp Rabbit trail was officially dedicated last week. Runners regularly run past the sculpture “like the wind” down the trail.

There is an accompanying trailside marker that remembers Greenville Track Club member Darrell Jennewine, along with a bronzed pair of his last running shoes.

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“The Runner” sculpture-lovingly dubbed “Ethyl” by her creators-celebrates the love of running. Origins of the name relate to “of the air” and running “like the wind.”
It is dedicated to the memory of Darrell Jennewine of the Greenville Track Club for his many contributions to the Greenville and Upstate running community. His last pair of running shoes are here under the bench. He as an “A+” for all of us who love running!

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Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

A giant bicycle on the roof symbolizes the growth of the “Swamp Rabbit Green” complex at Cedar Road and the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The cafe and grocery got a kickstart from trail users, but now the grocery also serves those who drive in for local and organic produce. The cafe is a favorite walking destination from Greenville for morning coffee or scone.

The entire facility also houses

  • Greenville Fitness and Rehab
  • Boyd Cycling
  • Greenville Cycling & Multi-Sport
  • Camillian Salon
  • SRT Bike Shop

Which is quite a change from an empty industrial facility of 7 years ago.